11 items from 2013
The Woody Allen machine chugs ever onwards, spluttering and mumbling through sunny foreign cities, chewing up attractive young actresses in recycled stories about love and lost love and the drama that unfolds therein. On that note, Emma Stone is the first high-profile name to be cast for next year’s Woody Allen film, shooting through the Summer of 2013 in Spain. It’s as of yet untitled, and the plot is not known, but a large ensemble cast is being assembled. Just how large is not yet known either, but suffice to say there will be an attractive young woman for every schlubby loser.
Stone is currently very much in demand, filming Birdman with Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, Biutiful, and some other films that don’t begin with B, but who cares about those. After Birdman she’ll tackle that aforementioned Woody Allen film, before filming with Cameron Crowe in an as-of-yet unknown project, »
- Rob Batchelor
Naomi Watts is negotiating to join St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the Bill Murray–starring feature debut from Black List honoree Ted Melfi. Watts would play a Russian prostitute who becomes close with Murray's cantankerous, all-around not-great guy who finds himself taking care of Melissa McCarthy's character's 12-year-old son. Chris O'Dowd is also onboard as a Catholic priest. Watts was recently cast in 21 Grams and Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu's high-profile comedy Birdman alongside Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis. »
- Zach Dionne
Add up the belly laughs in Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first four features -- "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" -- and, well, you'll find you have a lot of fingers going spare. Accomplished and sometimes exhilarating as his films (all of which have found favor with the Academy to some degree) have been, a change of pace wouldn't hurt him at this point. That appears to be very much what he's going for in his new project, "Birdman," which began principal photography in New York City yesterday. Billed as a black comedy, it stars several names you might »
- Guy Lodge
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Armando Bo & Nicolas Giacobone
It’s a real testament to a filmmaker’s abilities when one of his pieces can principally revolve around a struggling man’s attempts to support his family, plus the effects he has on those around him, and then use said protagonist’s psychic abilities as little more than a subplot. Imagine if The Sixth Sense portrayed Cole as a grown man, near destitute and hammered by life, with the “I see dead people” crux as narrative depth rather than intricate focus. Mexican maestro Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has proved just how apt he his at capturing the vast scope of a story, whether in the sensational and emotionally hardboiled (Amores Perros) or the ambitious but ultimately underwhelming (Babel), but with his Catalan set epic Biutiful he takes a boat across the Atlantic to »
- Scott Patterson
Title: Everybody Has a Plan Director: Ana Piterbarg Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala Castaglione A good number of actresses, including Penelope Cruz, have worked for years in multiple languages. And while it seems a bit less common with actors, recent James Bond villain Javier Bardem scored a Best Actor Oscar nomination for 2010′s “Biutiful” while speaking in his native tongue. But apart from Kristin Scott Thomas – and recently Will Ferrell, who took up Spanish for the comedy “Casa de Mi Padre” — few native English speakers aim to flex their bilingual skills on the big screen. And that’s a big part of the reason writer-director Ana Piterbarg’s “Everybody Has [ Read More ]
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Birdman, the impressively starry film about Cash Money Records CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams about Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis all being in a movie together, has brought Edward Norton aboard. He'll play a bigheaded actor toplining a theatrical production based on a famous superhero role Keaton's movie star character pioneered. The dark comedy will come from Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Biutiful). »
- Zach Dionne
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has brought on Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis to star in his first comedy, Birdman. We first reported on this project back in December.
The story follows an aging actor who once played a famous superhero, trying to mount a comeback on Broadway. Michael Keaton, who starred in 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, will play the actor trying to get back on top. Emma Stone is portraying Michael Keaton's daughter and his new assistant, fresh off her stint in rehab. Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis are playing an actress and producer, respectively.
Our story from December revealed that the story will take place all in one location over the span of three days, as he tries to juggle his comeback attempt with his family life. Other parts that still need to be cast are the play's main lead and the actor's ex-wife. »
We have an early entrant for your favorite movie of 2014: Birdman. Based on a Raymond Chandler short story, the comedy is the latest project from 21 Grams and Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Most important, however, The Hollywood Reporter writes that he's cast Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts to star. In the movie, Keaton will play a former actor, famous for playing an iconic superhero, who puts on a Broadway play to regain his former glory. Stone plays his fresh-out-of-rehab daughter/assistant. Watts is his co-star and Galifianakis is the play's producer. Though to be fair, we'd probably watch those four just sit and discuss one of Iñárritu's movies. »
- Jesse David Fox
Generally known for his tough, harrowing dramas like “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” we've been waiting patiently to see what Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu would be doing next. His options of late have included the con man/criminal drama "Flim-Flam Man" and the period vengeance tale "The Revenant," but it looks like his next feature will find him changing gears in and taking something a lot more lighthearted. First announced at the end of last year, "Birdman" reunited Innaritu with "Biutiful" co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo and playwright Alexander Dinelaris with whom he wrote the comedy, based on a Raymond Chandler short story, centering a former actor who once played an iconic superhero and mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glories. And now, an ace cast is coming on board the film with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis all slated to star. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From about the age of ten, I have been inexplicably fascinated with the Academy Awards. If pressed to explain the foundation of this obsession with an awards show from what is ultimately just an arbitrary body of members with vastly varying tastes across the many different disciplines it requires to put a competent movie up on the silver screen, I’m not sure I could muster up a satisfactory response.
I suspect at the time my Oscar obsession grew from what seemed like the perfect marriage between the art of cinema and the competition of sports, but even now, these many years later, after hours of voluntary studying of countless Oscar books (to the point where I can name every Best Picture winner chronologically from memory), I still can’t explain it in any way that doesn’t make me sound like some freakish Oscar junkie. Nevertheless, between the Oscar season and the NFL playoffs, »
- Christopher Lominac
For Paco Delgado, "Les Misérables" moves like a breathless action movie in the way it combines gritty drama with musical fantasy. That was director Tom Hooper's cinematic vision for the operatic sing-through. So for the Spanish costume designer ("The Skin I Live In," "Biutiful"), it's all about capturing emotional states during this revolutionary epoch. From the Christ-like Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) to the oppressive Javert (Russell Crowe) to the doomed Fantine (Anne Hathaway) to the hopeful Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), he uses color to convey their dramatic arcs, particularly the clash of red and blue. In fact, it's a movie in which characters ultimately mirror themselves as well as one another. "I read the Victor Hugo book, which is full of amazing references," Delgado recalls. "He's so realistic and so descriptive about how people lived and dressed and their environments. Then we looked at paintings of the »
- Bill Desowitz
11 items from 2013
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